Dear Church Family,
“I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13
One day as Jesus was teaching by the sea, a large crowd kept pressing in to get closer. So He climbed into Peter’s boat and spoke from there as the people spread along the shore. (Luke 5:1-3).
But why did He use a boat? At another time He walked on the water. He could have strolled out that day and stood above the drop off to finish His lesson. That would certainly get people’s attention. Word would spread about this extraordinary man, and even more people would eagerly come to listen.
But maybe they’d come just to see a good show. Jesus didn’t come to show off but to accomplish His Father’s purpose. He had plenty of power at His disposal, but He didn’t use it frivolously. When the devil urged Him to jump from the pinnacle of the temple, He refused. (Luke 4:9-12) He drew on His Father’s power only to accomplish His Father’s will, not to indulge people’s endless taste for excitement.
In this New Year we can expect Jesus to continue working in the world. No doubt, He’ll do many miracles. But He will also do many significant things through what seem to be ordinary means. Much of what He does will happen as His people obey His promptings and do His work in everyday ways.
These things won’t draw headlines or shake the earth, but they will change lives. They won’t pull together excited crowds, but they will express the love of God in practical ways. Those with eyes to see will recognize the hand of God at work and give Him the glory. And He will be pleased.
Let’s be available to God in 2018 and see what He’ll do through people who are ready to obey. – Dale